Spicy Hot Chocolate

I had my best hot chocolates in the Wedel café at Warsaw. In cold winters of Warsaw, real hot chocolate is great. This café serves amazing hot chocolate, that is totally deliciousو with different flavours such as: mint, strawberry, ….. Those hot chocolates were tasty, and so thick that your lips stock together, and always served with a cup of hot water.

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Having a cup of real good hot chocolate is  just being  over the moon. So,  yesterday was cold and  I remembered those delicious hot chocolates and decided to make it at home. It just would take 10 minutes to have a lovely hot chocolate.

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Ingredients

  • 300g good quality chocolate
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper

Preparation
Put milk into a pan, bring it to a simmer. Add brown sugar, cinnamon, cayenne pepper, vanilla extract, and pieces of chocolate.

When chocolate melted, remove the pot from the heat. Using a tea strainer, remove the leftover spices.
Pour the hot chocolate into your glass or mugs and enjoy it.

 

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Spicy Hot Chocolate

Ingredients
  • 300g good quality chocolate
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
Preparation
Put milk into a pan, bring it to a simmer. Add brown sugar, cinnamon, cayenne pepper, vanilla extract, and pieces of chocolate. When chocolate melted, remove the pot from the heat. Using a tea strainer, remove the leftover spices.
Pour the hot chocolate into your glass or mugs.

 

Churros

Churros are deep fried dough pastry. It is very similar to a Persian sweet that is called ‘ bamieh’. Let say they are same with small differences. Persian bamieh after frying would be soaked in the syrup but churros after frying would be coated with sugar-cinnamon.

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Churros are usually deep fried but if you do not like to fry them , so why not bake them.

In my following recipe, I will share my deep frying and baking churros in the oven.

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 ½ tsp cinnamon powder

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Instructions

In a pot, combine water with butter, oil, salt, sugar and vanilla extract. Bring it to a boil over high heat. Add flour. Reduce the heat to low and stir constantly until the mixture forms a ball. Remove from the heat and leave to cool.

Beat the eggs separately and then gradually add it into the dough and fold it in gently until you have a thick paste.

Heat the oil in a deep pot. Spoon the dough into a piping bag with or without a star nozzle and squeeze the dough out in strips into the hot oil. Fry the churros and turning them until golden brown. Then transfer fried churros to a paper towel to drain.

Next roll them in sugar-cinnamon and serve it with rich hot chocolate. For hot chocolate you can follow my other recipe: chocolate soup.

If you do not like deep fried churros, why not bake it in the oven.

So, Preheat the oven to 200 C. Line the tray with parchment paper. Squeeze the dough out in strips on the tray. Leaving space between each one. Bake for 18-20 minutes.

Transfer cooked churros to a plate and coat them well with sugar-cinnamon and serve with hot chocolate.

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